Klay Thompson Announces Charity Tournament For Bahamas Hurricane Victims, Rips Trump Administration Aid Efforts

Klay Thompson Announces Charity Tournament For Bahamas Hurricane Victims, Rips Trump Administration Aid Efforts

Golden State WarriorsKlay Thompson announced on Friday (Sept. 13th) his plans to raise money and donate 100% of the proceeds from his foundation’s second annual celebrity golf tournament to the ongoing relief efforts in The Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. In addition, his foundation is planning to match the amount of money raised from the event to contribute to the donation. The 3-time NBA champion holds a very close relationship to the areas effected as his father and family are Bahamian. Thompson says in his announcement,

“These past few weeks have been so unimaginably hard for Bahamians, especially on the islands of Abaco and Freeport. People have lost everything- loved ones, family, possessions, homes. Whatever you cherish it’s gone for these communities. This is far from a quick fix, it will take years and years of rebuilding. The Thompson Family Foundation will do everything in its power to help with relief efforts right now and for many years to come. All contributions no matter how big or small will go long way and are greatly appreciated.”

He continues, condemning the Trump administration for their lack of assistance for The Bahamas during such a heartbreaking time.

“Secondly, shame on our current administration for not welcoming our Bahamian neighbors in their greatest time of need. I’ve been so lucky to visit my family in Nassau since childhood, and in those times I’ve seen countless Americans use the Bahamian islands as their playground for letting loose and vacationing. And now we turn our back on the people who welcomed us with open arms, when they’ve lost everything !? There’s no excuse for this… and if you have one your a real piece of Bahamians will persevere, but help along the way is greatly appreciated. Thank you”

Thompson’s comments were a direct response from the President adding confusion on Monday (Sept. 9th) when he stated anyone trying to flee the Bahamas needs documentation, and the US will be “very tough” processing those who try to enter. Trump stated at the time:

“I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members, and some very, very bad drug dealers. So, we’re going to be very strong on that.”

Thompson’s golf tournament is scheduled for Sept. 19-20 at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach, California.

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Authored by: Gregory Molette